Paul McCartney is headed back to the label where it all began for him and his old band. On Wednesday, the legendary rocker and Capitol Records announced a historic, worldwide recording deal with the signing of all of McCartney’s post-Beatles master recordings from the past forty-six years. The highly profitable catalog starts with his first solo album in 1970 and includes the dozens of albums from his solo projects in recent years, in addition to his recordings with Wings of course.
McCartney and Capitol have a special history together, as The Beatles teamed up with the label back in the early days of Beatlemania in 1963 to help establish the group's footprint in North America. The legendary group would go on to release over fifteen albums under the Capitol umbrella, including Meet the Beatles!, Twist and Shout, Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Magical Mystery Tour. Needless to say that both sides have helped make each other very wealthy early on in Paul’s career, so it makes a lot of sense that the two make wonderful music together again going forward.
"This is genuinely exciting for me," McCartney said in a statement to go with the announcement. "Not only was Capitol my first U.S. record label, but the first record I ever bought was Gene Vincent's 'Be-Bop-A-Lula' on the Capitol label."
Capitol Music Group’s Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett was equally as excited to share the news, saying "Paul McCartney's association with Capitol has long defined so much of our historic legacy, and all of us here are extremely proud and honored that he has chosen to come back home. Paul's indelible contributions to our culture are second to none, and his constant evolution as an artist and performer continues to inspire and enrich the lives of countless millions of people. We are overjoyed that Paul will be creating new music for years to come, and that Capitol will be helping to present it to the world."
This deal isn’t just about what Paul has done in the past however. Always one to keep working and making music, he’s currently planning on releasing a new studio album in the near future with producer Greg Kurstin, who was at the production helm for Adele’s record-setting 25.